Pay up says the judge

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time for airlines to pay up rather than evade their responsibilities

time for airlines to pay up rather than evade their responsibilities

In a Liverpool court today, a judge decided that Jet 2 cannot wait until a court case is heard in the Netherlands about compensation for delayed flights. He ruled that the airline should pay up now.

Readers will be aware that the EU has ruled that passengers should be paid compensation if their flights were delayed or cancelled. Just in the UK, five airlines have made applications to delay payments pending that Dutch outcome: FlyBe, Jet2, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, and WizzAir.

In the Netherlands the case centres on what constitutes “extraordinary circumstances.”

Today’s judgement means that thousands who have filed for compensation should start to receive it soon – unless airline – or rather their lawyers – can think up a different approach.

Some airlines such as British Airways have been paying compensation but these five have held out despite setting anticipated monies aside to pay applicants.

To show that the wheels of justice grind slowly, you need only remember that this legislation came in 11 years ago and that The European court ruled over five years ago that compensation was payable.  I can’t believe I wrote about the original cost that long ago.  Ping-ponging through the courts has delayed matters till now which might have removed some people whose compensation claims extend prior the six years that the courts have decided upon.

Just about Travel would be interested to hear from any readers who are claiming or believe they have a claim and what their experience has been. Do drop me a line at editor@justabouttravel.net

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